Now in its fifth year, Queensland Music Festival’s (QMF) Cape York Instrumental Program (CYIP) is a partnership with the Cape York Academy (CYA) to deliver an instrumental music program on par with schools across the state.
The program is delivered across two CYA and one EQ school campuses in the remote Indigenous communities of Coen, Hope Vale, and Aurukun respectively. The program provides year-round artists-in-residence, teacher mentoring, a band camp program, and an opportunity for students to perform in public.
At the heart of the program is the aim to give students education experiences equivalent to their counterparts elsewhere in Queensland. The program also improves the transitioning capacity of students who will need to travel to larger centres for higher education.
“Our music program sits alongside our instructional program as being the two greatest achievements and having the greatest impact on our children. It is helping them thrive”. Dr Noel Pearson, CYA Chairman
The Combined Schools Band has previously performed at the Yarrabah Band Festival, Jazz on the Green, and Tropical Jam as part of the G20 Cultural Celebrations; the Cairns Show; and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).